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[indecipherable] I last wrote to [indecipherable] Harry Veitch come down here to spend a day.  I don't think I had seen him for 18 months but then I had [indecipherable] during that time but I never could find him at home.  The day was very cold & I was afraid to leave my room to go to the Houses with him but he [indecipherable] when he came in quite astonished at what had been done since he was here last.  He had made a list of the things he had seen which he did not know or were not in his possession & I have promised that he should have cuttings of them or that Green should strike them for him.  He seemed much pleased & as far as could judge was not annoyed at seeing such a large collection put together without application [?] to himself.  I did not tell him as I might have done that I had been repelled by his prices.  He spoke most respectfully of you & most respectfully of your houses of Orchids [indecipherable] the fact of the rivalry of Bill Williams & others in respect of their N. Amern. or New Guinea things.  He still maintained that he had by far the best collection & [indecipherable] he would do very well with them.  I showed him Mrs. Forde's beautiful painting of Bigibbum & its fine variety & promised to let him see the second drawing that of Summneri, when it arrives.  You must [indecipherable] into a monograph of the Bigibbum [indecipherable] of [indecipherable] with drawings by Mrs. Forde.  By the way some young lady friends who were here the day that Veitch was here, heard us so continuously using the specific name, that they declared that [indecipherable] of swearing after [indecipherable] fashion, by using the word "Bother", good gracious & so on.  They would always 

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